Velma Jean Porter was born October 21, 1941, to the late James Lane II and Velma Katherine Lane. She departed this life Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Methodist Germantown. She married Henry Whitman Porter who proceeded her in death. Velma was baptized into Christ at 14th Street Church of Christ in West Memphis, AR. She retired from Internal Revenue Service after working 22 years and also retired as Secretary at Parkway Village Church of Christ. Her favorite past times included cooking, reading,… Read More » traveling and spending time with her family and friends. A mother figure to many in the community, especially to friends who were her children classmates or others who were not Memphians, she opened her door and welcomed them. To her blended and extended family, she enjoyed cooking scrumptious meals and had the gift of making you feel “at home.” She lived in the Belt Line area of Orange Mound and was loved, respected and protected by all, young and old. Velma “Big Momma” leaves to mourn her passing five children: Jacqueline (Willie) Wilson, Reginald Johnson Sr., Crystal Jones, Michael (Carolyn) Johnson Sr., Katherine (Vernon) Gipson; one sister: Cassandra Moore; fifteen grandchildren: Gregory (Felisha)Wallace Jr, Everett Jones Jr., David (Jenna) Wallace, Lakesha Johnson, Michael Johnson Jr., Brandon Johnson, Eryka Jones, Candice Johnson, Marco Johnson, Bryant Johnson, Steven Johnson, Rachel Wilson, Alexandria “Snoody” Gipson, Reginald Johnson Jr. and Jasmin Powers; fifteen great grandchildren; two nephews: Ronnie and Rashun Moore three cousins: Martha Ann Bell, Lawrence Robinson, and Sheila Henderson; one sister-in-law: Corrine Dalmas; eight Special Friends: Mattie Bailey, Jan Pierre, Irene Aldridge, Michael Warren, Gertrude Kinnard, Hazel Williams, Fannie Taylor, Michael Warren, Kelly Torry, Greg Jones; and a host of family and friends.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Velma Jean Porter 2018. Harrison’s Memorial Chapel, Inc. – formerly Harrison’s Funeral Home Inc Orange Mound Chapel
Death notice for the town of: Memphis, state: TN